This could definitely be done as a date with your spouse, too! I’ll probably do it and blog about it down the road, but I recently did this with my oldest daughter.
We went out to Central Texas Archery in Austin. I got the idea from Groupon and it was a fairly cheap idea so I jumped on it. You’ll need to lower your expectations of what you expect upon arrival. This is an outdoor facility and I’m not sure “facility” is the right word. There is a large shed where you check in, but the rest of the venue is outdoor targets. Don’t misinterpret that as it being a bad venue, but if you are expecting a building you might be caught by surprise. Everything out there is well maintained and in great shape.
We signed up for the beginning archery class and we were put in a group of four (including ourselves). We learned a few important things, like how to wear the arm guard, how to hold the bow, how to place the arrow (and all the fancy names for those things). The staff was great. They got the right bow and the right sized arrows for both us and then took us out to the course.
You have six to eight arrows. I can’t remember the exact number now, but you shoot them all several times to warm up. After a few warm up sessions (I’m not sure what to call it), then you start keeping score.
We were probably out there for about an hour or so, but it was a good amount of time. Raley, my oldest, was “done” right before the clock officially ran out on us. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I’d highly recommend it as a different date with your kids!
Cost: $25 for two on Groupon, but you can add a discount code to make it even less.